Councilor calls developer hypocrite PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE LoTEMPLIO, Staff Writer   
Sunday, April 01, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — City Councilor Michael Drew criticized a downtown developer for a plan to renovate apartments.
At Thursday night's council meeting, Drew said Dan Waldron was hypocritical for seeking a Community Development grant to fix up apartments on Cornelia Street when he is suing the city over another housing project.
Waldron is one of several downtown merchants trying to halt a proposed housing project at the corner of Court and Margaret streets by Burlington, Vt. developer Rick Bove.
"He's against the Bove project and here he is doing the same thing," Drew (R-Ward 1) said.
The suit against the Bove project claims there is not enough parking or green space for kids to play in, according to Drew.
He said Waldron's apartment plan at 24 Cornelia St. has some of the same concerns.
"It's important for people to understand that we are paying taxpayer money for this (lawsuit) and some of the same arguments apply to him (Waldron)," Drew said.
Drew said he wanted more information on Waldron's project before allowing it to go out to bid. Councilors agreed to table the item, but warned Drew that he should judge Waldron's case on its merits.
"These are separate issues entirely," said William Provost (D-Ward 6), who strongly opposed the Bove project.
"This is existing stock that he (Waldron) is renovating. This looks to me like payback."
Amy Valentine (D-Ward 5) told Drew he needs to be fair.
"I hope your research is fair for all involved," she said.
Waldron said he was not against the Bove project because of parking or green space.
"I am for that kind of housing, but let's do the existing housing first," he said.
"That's the purpose of these grants; to upgrade existing housing for those with that income level."
The suit against the Bove project sits before Clinton County Judge Kevin K. Ryan who is expected to render a decision within a month.
Drew said he is not trying to get back at Waldron.
"I just want to make sure that some of the points that he brought up in the lawsuit don't haunt us on this one (Cornelia Street project.)"



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